Media Watch – March 12

By on 12/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Irish party at St Patrick parade (BBC, Birmingham Mail) More than 85,000 people celebrated the UK’s largest St Patrick’s Day parade in Birmingham, the city council said.

Banned: Memorial to our little girl (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham couple spent almost 40 years searching for their daughter’s grave – only to be ordered to remove memorials from their last resting place. A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Families with babies buried in public graves are not permitted to purchase a memorial on a communal grave.  The city council however recognises that families wish to commemorate a loved one buried in these areas and memorial plaques are available for lease at a memorial especially constructed for this purpose.

£52 to have his bin bags collected (Birmingham Mail) Taxpayers were charged £52 for just one Birmingham resident to have his bin bags collected. The cost was said to have rocketed because the householder had to ring the city council’s call centre 13 times.

Hollywood gives Brum a leading role (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is on the way to becoming a tiny Tinstletown – with a Hollywood blockbuster set in the city, thanks to the efforts of the city council’s Film Birmingham unit.

Council boiler firm clings to contract (Birmingham Mail) A council house heating firm has kept its £2.5 million contract by the ‘skin of its teeth’ after meeting a series of improvement targets.

We’re galloping off on grand expansion (Birmingham Mail) Work has started on the first pony trekking centre in the Midlands – the Birmingham City Council-run Hole Farm Trekking Centre.

Take early action on pests (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy gives advice on pest control.

£35m spent on sick days at council (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council employees were paid £35 million in sick pay last year.

Landlords agree to a cut in Brum rents (Birmingham Mail)
Private landlords responsible for more than 500 properties in Birmingham have agreed to take a cut in rent in response to Government cuts in housing benefits to avoid mass evictions.

£3million pledged for historic baths (Birmingham Mail) A historic city baths (Moseley Road) has been awarded £3 million to restore it to its former glory.

Preview of BMAG’s Children’s Lives exhibition in the Daily Telegraph magazine.

Regional Headlines

Armed man holding woman captive
A woman aged in her 80s is being held captive by a man armed with a knife at a house in the West Midlands.

GCHQ praises Cyber Security champ
A University of Cambridge undergraduate wins an internet defence competition backed by the intelligence service GCHQ.

National Headlines

Mortgage scheme boost for buyers
People in England are to be offered help to climb onto or up the housing ladder as the government’s new mortgage guarantee scheme launches.

Teenagers found dead were stabbed
Two females found dead in a flat in West Yorkshire were both teenagers and had been stabbed, police say, as they continue to question a man.

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